The Greatest Musical
Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:57 PM
Story: who hasn't felt like the odd one out, the outsider? Who hasn't felt they need to stand up for what they believe in? I love this story - odd girl meets charming, handsome, popular man and he ends up loving her for her. Surely a modern day fairytale right there.
Humour: who doesn't love a self centred, blonde airhead who values position and popularity above all else? Glinda (silent 'gar') is an intentional unintentionally funny character that you can't help but fall in love with. I'm sure she was annoying, but who wouldn't want a friend like that?
Score: modern classic. Defying Gravity is this generations I Dreamed A Dream. This score has everything you could need from a musical.
Commercialism: huge fandom. Big sales. International. Film in the works. Producers bank balance is as green as the witch.
Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:15 PM
Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:20 PM
(: but Chess is better
Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:51 PM
So my actual vote is My Fair Lady. A stunning script, untouchable songs and a fabulous story. It is a perfectly structured misical with just the right amount of fun and lightness whilst packing an almighty great emotional punch. everything about it is just right. I think the Nationals production in 2001 was the most stunning evening of musical theatre I have ever been to. The acting was stunning and the choreography was perfect.
The fact that the recent production at Sheffield can be even mentioned in the same sentence shows how great that was too.
Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:16 PM
Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:56 PM
Story – it’s Bernard Shaw, and I’ve long defended this ‘happy’ ending against the parting of the characters in Pygmalion (Bernard Shaw wrote an appendix about why they’d never be together): it’s not romantic (though I saw a production which ended with them literally walking off into the sunset), it’s a sense of need both of them have, a mutual respect, admiration, perhaps tipping on love…
Humour – it’s Bernard Shaw.
Showstoppers – Higgins’ vocal dexterity, glorious cockerney knees-ups, I Could Have Danced All Night and On The Street Where You Live.
Commercial – it normally doesn’t do bad business, does it, and I’ve seen it performed in sold out amateur locations. And it proves nothing but the film won a lot of Oscars.
I feel very upset at not nominating West Side Story or Company, though.
Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:03 AM
Both are absolute perfection!
Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Oliver, Billy Elliot, Wicked, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Les Miserables x 3, Sweeney Todd, The Book of Mormon x 4, Once, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse, Jersey Boys, Matilda.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Cats, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, Matthe Bourne's Nutcracker, Legally Blonde, Chicago, Private Peaceful, Lyric Hammersmith/Filter Productions A Midsummer Night's Dream, Russian State Ballet's Swan Lake, Teatro Kismet's The Snow Queen, Teatro Kismet's The Little Mermaid, One Man Two Guvnors, West End Men, Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty, The Pitman Painters, People, The Rocky Horror Show.
Charlotte's Web, The Borrowers, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Witches, Simply Cinderella, Oliver, West Side Story, Finding Neverland x 3, Piaf, The Hired Man x 2, Sweeney Todd.
Chicago x 2 (Curve), Mojo (West End), The Book of Mormon (West End)
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Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:12 AM
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